Feb. 12, 2013
-- As another sign that gay rights are moving forward, Malibu's Pepperdine University, long known for it's Christian conservatism, has introduced the "Frank James 'Buddy' Vinci and George B. Ellsworth" Scholarship. This is a need-based scholarship where the recipient needs to demonstrate his or her commitment to the betterment of the LGBT community. Emphasis will be on actual service, volunteerism, or extra curricular activities.
Pepperdine University is affiliated with The Church of Christ and has been going through some growing pains on campus with students seeking for years a sanctioned club advocating gay rights. According to a related Wikipedia page, In 2007, several Church of Christ ministers and historians at Pepperdine University along with an organization called Soulforce openly questioned and criticized the seemingly prevailing views of the majority against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Marriage is not believed to be a sacrament of the church, and members are not required to be married "in the church", though the practice is common.
The scholarship was officially introduced Tuesday, February 12, 2013, and is currently accepting applications. The deadline for submission is March 31, which happens to be Easter Day. For more information please contact the Financial Aid Department at Seaver College, Pepperdine University.